EROGLU: "IT WILL BE POINTLESS TO CONTINUE TALKS AFTER JULY 1ST"
Nicosia, 15 March 12 (T.A.K.): President Dervis Eroglu, following today's meeting with Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias with an aim to break the deadlocks, reiterated that, continuing the talks after the Greek Cypriot administration assumed the EU term presidency would be meaningless.
Eroglu, speaking to the press at the court of the presidential palace, on his return from the UN controlled area in Nicosia, where the talks have been taking place since 2008 said, EU term presidency and the presidential elections in the south due in 2013 would render the peace efforts pointless.
Eroglu said, "From the start of the talks, Turkish Cypriot side has been working for an agreement, nonetheless bearing in mind that EU term presidency will be passed to Greek Cypriot side and that election debates have started early, it will render the talks pointless to continue. Our views with Turkey on this matter is same."
The president also emphasized the presidential elections would make Greek Cypriot leader Christofias, expected to run at the elections, more obdurate.
The leaders, at today's meeting have continued discussion on the "Property" issue, one of the most challenging.
"We, the leaders, have expressed our views on main subjects. Our representatives will try to prepare a common paper in the light of these views" he added.
Referring to his visit to Ankara where he met with Turkey's leadership, Eroglu said that, the meeting were satisfactory.